Surely, you’ve already heard plenty about Sick Thoughts by now, right?
I mean, I imagine it’d be pretty difficult not to. Just about every so-called “esteemed punk news outlet” has thoroughly suckled this band’s teats in one way or another, to the point where I didn’t even bother to ask Drew Owen — the man behind Sick Thoughts — for much information behind these projects of his, because I knew I’d be able to scrape by just fine on the dozens of Sick Thoughts-centric articles that other buck-toothed eggheads have already written. So if I wanted to, I could totally just link, like, six articles and call it a day, since that’d give you just about all the information you’ll ever need on this band. But you know what? I won’t. I want to, but I won’t. Consider it a blessing that I even bother with these fuckin’ write-ups anymore, especially since only a small fraction of you wads actually bother to read these pieces of shit—in hindsight, it likely woulda been a good idea for me to check if you lugnuts are even capable of reading before I ever started writing about your dumb music.
Anyways, here’s Sick Thoughts. Sick Thoughts is, fundamentally, a solo-project of Drew Owen, a nineteen year old guy who’s better known as “DD Owen”—or wait, is he 20 now? I’ve got no clue, but I certainly ain’t gonna dig around to find out if he’s gone and thrown a birthday party at his local Chuck E. Cheese or something. Look, the point is that he’s young, just like the rest of us; except, unlike you and I, Drew’s gone and released a fuck-ton of records ever since Dead Beat Records put out his debut LP, “Terminal Teen Age”, back in 2013. Like, at least 20 records on assorted labels sprinkled around the globe (such as Goodbye Boozy, Goner, Dead Beat, Slovenly, Zaxxon, Going Underground, Ken Rock, Hidden Volume, Blast of Silence, No Front Teeth, and in this case, Total Punk), along with a handful of tapes that, like their vinyl counterparts, rarely find their way onto the web in its entirety. So as a casual listener, you’re often left with handfuls of recordings from various EPs, never really having enough MP3s to piece together any release that’s longer than a single. Seriously, within the year that I’ve been listening to Sick Thoughts, I’ve still only managed to get, what, four or five EPs downloaded onto my computer, and MAYBE a couple teaser tracks off of Soundcloud? Everything else is either limited to its physical release, or hosted on some blog that’s rammed way too deep in the rank abscesses of the internet for me to even care enough to seek it out. And you know what? I’m perfectly fine with that, because, as inaccessible as some of his music may be, I still believe that it compliments Sick Thoughts original DIY, budget-rock ethos perfectly.
Obviously, the word “prolific” would only begin to describe Drew’s aptitude at churning out these rock n’ roll hits. Aside from his self-prescribed “ultimate punk band” Sick Thoughts, I’m aware that Drew’s been involved in New Orleans’ (the city that Drew’s holed up in as of early 2016, with his previous base of operations being Baltimore. Though that doesn’t mean much, seeing that Drew’s been on two separate European Sick Thoughts tours for what seems like fuckin’ forever) LSDOGS (https://soundcloud.com/totalpunkrecords/lsdogs-creeps), Baltimore’s Deformities (https://deformities.bandcamp.com/), and Detroit/Baltimore’s Selfies (https://ssselfiesss.bandcamp.com/album/bad-blood), as well as two other solo-projects of his—Chicken Chain and his eponymously-named solo persona, DD Owen—that I’ll get to covering shortly. And, of course, not to mention all these other bands of his that supposedly never surfaced anywhere, including the stupidly-named “Timecop”. But for the most part, Drew’s been pumping out his songs under the Sick Thoughts name, with these songs being subsequently performed by various backing bands for shows. According to Drew, Sick Thoughts has cycled through 60 different members, all hailing from three different countries, over the past three years. Clearly, Sick Thoughts has come a long way since its inception in 2013, where Drew was poorly recording his music onto his computer and performing these songs with a rudimentary two-piece set-up. Now, the dude’s doing international tours on the other side of the fuckin’ globe; that’s nothing short of impressive.
[Remaining portion of the write-up is in the comments.]
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